The world needs your hope*filled words

today, more than ever.

Join us in beautiful Sarasota, Florida - January 17-19, 2024 for three days of

inspiring keynotes, practical workshops, and connection with other like-minded messengers of hope!

writers - speakers - podcasters - entrepreneurs

Do you feel overwhelmed by the challenges of writing, speaking, podcasting, or building your hope*filled business?

You aren’t alone.

We believe that your story has the potential to make a lasting impact. Introducing the hope*story Conference—a transformative event designed to empower you to discover, share, and publish your unique story of hope.

Join us on January 17th, 18th, and 19th in beautiful Sarasota, Florida for an unforgettable experience that will help you clarify your message and encourage you to move forward. At the hope*story Conference, you'll be inspired by our lineup of incredible keynote speakers who have made a significant impact through their own stories. You'll participate in practical workshops that provide valuable insights and strategies for writing, speaking, podcasting, and building your business.

But it's not just about the knowledge and skills you'll gain.

The hope*story Conference is a place of connection, where you'll find a supportive community of like-minded individuals who share your passion for spreading hope. Engage in powerful moments of connection, networking, and fellowship that will fuel your inspiration. So don't let fear or uncertainty hold you back.

Register now for the hope*story Conference and unlock the full potential of your story. It's time to make a difference and share your message of hope with the world. Your story matters, and we can't wait to help you bring it to life.

The hope*story Conference Features:

Inspiring Keynotes:

Uncover the transformative power of hope as our distinguished keynote speakers take you on a journey of inspiration, resilience, and triumph. Through their captivating talks, they will impart the knowledge, strategies, and practical advice that will help you unleash the full potential of your message. Brace yourself for a truly enlightening experience that will empower you to embrace your role as a writer, speaker, podcaster, or entrepreneur with confidence and conviction.

Practical Workshops:

Take your skills to new heights as you participate in our immersive workshops and interactive sessions. With a focus on practicality, these sessions will guide you through the step-by-step process of crafting a compelling message and building an influential platform. From enhancing your writing prowess to polishing your speaking abilities and harnessing the power of podcasting, our expert facilitators will provide you with actionable strategies and valuable insights that you can implement immediately.

Connection Opportunities:

The hope*story Conference is not just a gathering—it's an opportunity to connect with a vibrant community of individuals who are passionate about sharing stories of hope. Build genuine relationships, establish connections, and collaborate with like-minded attendees who understand and embrace the power of hope. Surround yourself with a community that will uplift and inspire you long after the conference ends. The bonds you create here will provide ongoing support, encouragement, and a network of individuals who share your mission to make a positive impact in the world.

Now, more than ever before, the world needs your hope*filled words. Your story has the power to touch lives, ignite change, and bring inspiration to those who need it most. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to share your message and make a lasting impact.

Secure your spot today by grabbing a ticket for the hope*story Conference today.

Countdown to the Conference



Our speakers include some of the world's best-selling authors, successful business owners, and all who will share their stories of struggle and hope*filled messages.

Lysa Terkeurst

We are thrilled to announce that Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author and President of Proverbs 31 Ministries, will be a keynote speaker at the hope*story Conference. With her exceptional talent for teaching and deep understanding of the power of hope, Lysa will help you discover and share your own hope*filled story.

As Lysa has written, “being human means being in a place of hurting but still hoping. Hoping doesn’t mean we ignore reality. No, hoping means we acknowledge reality in the very same breath that we acknowledge God’s sovereignty. Our hope isn’t tied to our expectations finally being met in our way and in our timing… Our hope is tied to the unchanging promise of God. We hope for the good we know God will ultimately bring.”

So yes, even if you don’t feel like you belong at the hope*story Conference because you are going through a hard season, we welcome you! We believe that the world needs your hope*filled words more now than ever before.

Dr. Brian Dixon

Your message matters.

Dr. Zoe Shaw

Write words that inspire.

Keith Ferrin

Engage audience authentically.

Jeanette Tapley

Share your voice consistently.

Our Workshop Speakers

Amanda Davison

Discover Your Writing Voice

Christie Thomas

Bringing Your Children's Book to Life

Laura Thomas

Breaking Through Writer's Block

Shaun Tabatt

Navigating the Publishing Circus

Brooke Elder

From Rejection to Resilience

Amy Mewborn

Speaking with Impact

Casey Hilty

Crafting Personal Narratives for Connection

J. Allen Hull

Building Your Speaking Authority

Justin Roethlingshoefer

From Fear to Confident Stage Presentations

Rachael Flick

Mastering Public Speaking Techniques

Pat Layton

Impactful Storytelling

Shannon Irvine

Attracting and Engaging Your Ideal Audience

Melissa Hughes

Finding Your Podcasting Niche

Monica Tanner

Podcast Audience Growth

Natasha Hazlet

Crafting and Launching Your Own Successful Show

Rachael Gilbert

Elevate Your Podcast Interviewing Skills

Angie Monroe

Fully Leveraging Your Podcast

Ant Hodges

Building a High-Integrity Personal Brand

Megan Kuethen

Relational Networking

Danielle Cevallos

Crafting a God-Honoring Personal Brand

Gabriel Murillo

Discover Your Creative

Business Growth Model

Josh Howard

Craft Your Unique Value Proposition

Kyle Draper

Impactful Outreach through Social Media

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Wednesday, January 17th

Wednesday's Theme: Inspiration - Your Story Matters

  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Registration

  • 5:00 PM: Pre-Conference Breakout Workshop

  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Opening Keynote

  • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM: Community Connection

Thursday, January 18th

Thursday's Theme: Discovery - Uncovering Your hope*story

  • 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM: Keynote - "Discovering YOUR Story of Hope"

  • 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM: Breakout Workshop #1

  • 11:50 AM - 12:30 PM: Breakout Workshop #2

  • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM: Lunch Break and VIP Lunch Panel

  • 2:00 PM - 2:40 PM: Breakout Session #3

  • 2:50 PM - 3:30 PM: Breakout Session #4

  • 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM: Keynote - "Sharing Your Hope Story" and Community Awards

  • 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM: Food Truck Dinner

  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM: Keynote - Coaching Panel

Friday, January 19th

Friday's Theme: Action - Taking Steps Towards Your hope*story

  • 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM: Keynote

  • 10:30 AM - 11:10 AM: Breakout Workshop #5

  • 11:10 AM - 12:00 AM: Brunch/Coffee Break

  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Closing Keynote


Virtual Pass

Only $147

  • ​Access to live streaming of keynote sessions

  • Access to recordings of selected workshops

  • Participate in interactive Q&A sessions

  • Virtual networking sessions

  • Access to digital conference resource materials

General Admission

Only $347

  • Access to all keynote sessions

  • Access to all workshop sessions

  • Admission to the hope*awards Gala

  • General seating during keynote sessions

You belong.

The world needs YOUR message of hope now more than ever before.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or unsure, we get it. Attending a conference as a writer, speaker, podcaster, or entrepreneur can feel like a big step. But you've got this- and we've got you. You'll discover an incredibly encouraging and supportive community at the hope*story Conference.

So what are you waiting for? Join us.



The speakers are the most inspiring not just for what they have done but for sharing how YOU can follow their trail in your own writing or business journey.

Actionable Content

Whether it's a social media post idea or a new operation you need to implement. The workshops will be full of the things you need to action and implement in your business that will create massive results in your sales and marketing, systems, faith/work/life balance.


There's nothing like meeting with other entrepreneurs like you and having fun whilst being inspired. You'll meet people who get it, laugh at the same problems and with whom you can enjoy the conference and Sarasota with.



Grace Community Church

at Lakewood Ranch

4080 Lakewood Ranch Blvd N

Lakewood Ranch, FL, US, 34240


  • Bradenton Sarasota International Airport (SRQ)

    Located 20 Minutes from Lakewood Ranch

    SRQ is the closest airport to our venue, and has long and short-term parking, and rental car services.

  • Tampa International Airport (TPA)

    Located 1 Hour from Lakewood Ranch

    TPA is a multi-thousand acre airport that services the globe with domestic and international flights.

  • Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)

    Located 1.5 Hours from Lakewood Ranch

    Fly into Southwest Florida’s award-winning airport for a quick, comfortable travel experience. Access to I-75 and U.S. 41 can get you to and from Lakewood Ranch with ease.


  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota-Lakewood Ranch

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch

  • Hyatt Place Sarasota / Lakewood Ranch

We Have A Limited Number Of VIP Tickets Available Now That Include:

  • ​VIP Swag Bag

  • ​15 min earlier access for the sessions so you get the perfect seat.

  • Catered Q&A lunch with some of our speakers on Friday.

  • ​Exclusive Access to Beyond 6 Figures Break Session Tracks. Learn from several of our speakers who have built their businesses beyond 6 or 7 figures for a behind the scenes look at their businesses and the ability to ask them your questions!

  • ​Advanced Registration to our Nashville Experiences options

This Is Your Chance To Save And Guarantee Your Spot At This Incredible Live Event.

Hey there hopeful friend...

You have a message to share and an audience to serve. And yes, your story of struggle is not wasted when it is shared with others.

So whether you consider yourself a writer, a podcaster, a speaker, an entrepreneur- or just someone with a story, I want you to know something...

The hope*story Conference is for you.

So come join us in January in beautiful Sarasota, Florida.

This is a chance for us to gather together to learn, share, and connect.

The hope*story Conference is for you if:

  • you want to connect with other messengers of hope

  • ​you are just getting started and need some encouragement and training to get going

  • ​you need a little kickstart to take your next big step.

​So come join us! Grab your ticket before we sell out.

Dr. Brian Dixon

CEO of hope*media

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is the hope*story Conference?

The hope*story Conference will take place on January 17th, 18th, and 19th at Grace Community Church in Sarasota, Florida.

What is included in the conference ticket?

Your conference ticket includes access to all keynote sessions, workshops, the awards gala dinner, and networking opportunities throughout the event.

Can I attend specific workshops based on my interests?

Absolutely! We offer a variety of workshops in different tracks including writing, speaking, podcasting, entrepreneurship, and mindset. You can choose the workshops that align with your interests and goals.

Are the workshop sessions recorded?

Yes, most of the workshop sessions will be recorded. You'll be able to purchase the conference recordings as an add-on to your ticket if you want to watch the sessions later.

Will there be opportunities to network with other attendees and industry professionals?

Absolutely! We encourage networking and provide dedicated times for attendees to connect, share ideas, and build relationships with fellow attendees and industry experts.

Can I bring a guest or business partner to the conference?

Yes, you have the option to purchase additional tickets for a guest or business partner. It's a great opportunity to share the experience and learn together.

Are there accommodation options available for out-of-town attendees?

While we don't provide accommodation directly, we've recommended several nearby hotels. You can book through the hotel website or other sites like Expedia for the best rate.

Is there a refund policy in case I can't attend the conference?

Unfortunately we do not offer ANY refunds- but you can change the name on your ticket to another attendee or switch your ticket to a virtual pass.

Remember, if you have any additional questions or need further assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to our conference support team. We're here to help!

January 17-19th, 2024 * Sarasota, Florida


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